UMÉ Studio is a design practice where traditional craft meets contemporary tastes in delicate yet purposeful objects tailored for everyday living.
Founded by Victor Lefebvre and Mei-Lan Tan, their studio is the final stop in their design process journey. They begin with months-long travels to artisan workshops in many corners of the globe to render century-old skills and techniques, collaborating with a network of artisans and designers dedicated to their craft.
Keeping these traditions alive is essential to the studio—so is updating their forms and bringing these timeless techniques into the now to achieve authentic, distinctive designs.
They believe an object’s shape and use is derived from its making and is deeply committed to allowing an object’s function and the process behind it to inspire its form, yielding elegant solutions for daily life.
It is this dialogue of the hand, the shape it produces, and an object’s ensuing use that creates this subtle tension that we understands as beauty.